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Adam Levine Talks “Idol” Homophobia, Gay Younger Brother

Adam_Levine_from_Maroon_5_croppedAdam Levine seems to be continuing his feud with American Idol. Recently, Levine went after Idol over their apparent policy of discouraging aspiring artists from coming out as lesbian or gay. While talking to Out Magazine, Levine accused Idol of the practice, which has largely been known about since the days of Adam Lambert.

Levine, the singer of Maroon 5 and a coach on The Voice, stated “What’s always pissed me off about ‘Idol’ is wanting to mask that, for that to go unspoken. C’mon. You can’t be publicly gay? At this point? On a singing competition? Give me a break. You can’t hide basic components of these people’s lives. The fact that ‘The Voice’ didn’t have any qualms about being completely open about it is a great thing.”

Both Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken came out after their stints on American Idol were complete. The Voice, though, has had a number of openly gay contestants, a couple of whom have made it to the final round.

Levine noted in the interview that his brother is gay, and that “I can single-handedly dispel any ideas that sexuality is acquired. Trust me, you’re born with it. My brother is gay, and we knew when he was two. We all knew.”

Carson Daly, the host of The Voice, has noted in the past that the show is gay-friendly. He said this past June that “The thing about The Voice is no one knew anything about anybody. It’s not like it’s a gay friendly show on purpose … There wasn’t any bias, but we embraced the fact that the gay community was so well represented in our show, and we were very proud of that.”

The issue is something of a dual-edged issue. Accusations have flown big time that the reason why Adam Lambert lost American Idol is because, during the final round of voting, some heavily anti-gay leaders flooded the hotlines with callers to make sure that he lost. This kind of behavior makes one wonder if the gay-friendly nature of a show could work against the contestant.



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3 Responses to Adam Levine Talks “Idol” Homophobia, Gay Younger Brother

  1. Lauriellen

    July 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Why does everything have to be a battle as though these shows are competing with each other? I like and watch BOTH shows. They have similarities but both are supposed to be SINGING competitions. Adam Lambert came in 2nd place which is just as good as any gay contestant on The Voice. One is not bad and the other good. They are just DIFFERENT.

  2. Paula

    July 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks, Jason. I came here to say the same thing. How many times does a person have to come out before he is considered out? Hey, new verse for Blowin’ in the Wind.

  3. Jason

    July 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Adam had been out and proud since he was 18. At least 9 years before American Idol.